Salisbury Beach is at the northeastern tip of Massachusetts at the Massachusetts/Vermont border, located directly on the Atlantic coast. Salisbury Beach, and Salisbury Beach State Reservation, is one of few places within the Boston/Maine vicinity providing way to a large, sandy, oceanfront beach. The beach itself is one of the state-owned Massachusetts beaches, but on the west side there are rental properties and summer homes on private land, which is where many longer-term visitors vacation. The state-owned land is very extensive and the boundaries are broadly dominated by water. The Atlantic is on the west side, Black Creek Rock on the east, and the southern border is at the Merrimack River. Park visitors will find ample amenities including large parking lots for day-time use, a campground, and ample boat launches.
One way to access Salisbury Beach Massachusetts is via Broadway Street from town. Parking is available in public and private parking areas. At the end of the street is the beach so if shopping and dining access along with beach activities are appealing, then parking in town can be a good option. Salisbury Beach begins from the Merrimack River mouth by the south jetty and extends to the New Hampshire/ Massachusetts border, spanning about four miles. Along the river banks, there are several small beaches. Access is granted via Salisbury Beach State Reservation unless visitors rent a condo or summer home by the beach.
Change rooms, restrooms, and showers are provided at the beach at three well-defined stations along the park’s edge. If parking in the lots, walkways cross over the dunes to the beach and water. The southernmost parking lots connect to the southern jetty where the ocean and river meet. There is boardwalk-free access at this point where views of river meeting sea and scenes of Plum Island are visible. Behind the southern station, there is a well-equipped playground ideal for a break from the beach.
Visitors are not permitted to walk on the dunes, only across the boardwalks. The dunes provide stabilization and protection of the beach and also harbor local flora and fauna that is not to be disturbed. Also, swimming is only allowed in the ocean and not in the river at any point. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, lifeguards man the beach, protecting swimmers from rip tides from 10 a.m. until about 5 p.m. There are five lifeguards across Salisbury Beach Massachusetts State Reservation and four lifeguards by the shops, arcades and restaurants at the end of Broadway, which is often the busiest point.
Salisbury Beach Massachusetts State Park affords visitors a campground with almost 500 sites. The camping season begins in mid-April and extends to mid-October. Once October hits, so does the off-season. Camping is still available to the end of November from Thursday to Saturday. Campsites are equipped with barbeque grills, water, a picnic table, and a fire pit with firewood sold at local gas stations, shops, and the camp store onsite. Each site also has an electrical hook-up, 40-foot camp pads, hot showers are nearby bathhouses, and a dumping station.